Churchill County Courthouse

Churchill County
  39.47493, -118.77735

"I call Fallon the crossroads of this region ... the meeting of two vital backbones of the Silver State, US 50 and US 95. If you head west, the Reno Arch, the State Capitol, and the azure waters of Lake Tahoe await your arrival. If you head north, the grim forty mile desert and the barrens of extreme northern Nevada and southern Oregon greet the weary traveler. Heading south delivers you into Nevada's Silver Trails, the great ghosts of southern Nevada and glitz and glamour of Vegas. But east. East is where I'm heading ... right into the wonderful openess and snow-capped highlines of the Nevada outback. Yep. Fallon knows how to crossroads." -- Journal Entry, August 2007

Churchill Courthouse (junction of US 50 and US 95) -- Fallon

Original Date Visited: 8/26/07

Signed: No

  • The only wooden courthouse in Nevada
  • Marker 161 plaque

Exact Description:
Churchill County was created by the Territorial Legislature in 1861 but attached to Lyon County for judicial and revenue purposes. Churchill County was organized in 1864 and La Plata served as county seat. In 1868, it was moved to Stillwater, where it remained until March 5, 1903 when Fallon claimed the title.

The neo-classical Churchill County Courthouse was constructed in 1903 on property donated by Warren and Addie Williams and John Oats. Contractor W.B. Wyrick built the wood building for $7,300 from plans and specifications by Reno architect Benjamin Leon. The building was completed and accepted by County Commissioners F.L. Small, Charles L. Allen and E.S. Harriman on February 2, 1904.

The building is the only monumental wooden courthouse built in Nevada. It has been in continuous use since opening.

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